Canucks Army Postgame: We're going streaking!

Dimitri Filipovic
March 10 2014 11:25PM

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John Tortorella can't help but smile these days with his team showing resiliency, and fight!

The 2013-14 season has been one of all sorts of improbably feats for the Vancouver Canucks. They've (primarily negatively) surprised us in ways we couldn't have even imagined heading into the year. Seemingly whenever we've suspected that they weren't capable of something, they've managed to outdo themselves. It has been quite the campaign. 

And that trend most certainly continued on Monday night, when they scored 3 goals, with two of them coming on the power play, en route to winning their second straight game.. These days that constitutes the most improbable of outcomes around here. Forget that it was against the lowly New York Islanders, and come streaking with me already!

The Rundown

Against all odds, the first period was actual a legitimately entertaining period to watch. Don't get me wrong, the play was predominantly sloppy from both teams, but that led to some *stuff* happening for once in a Canucks game. 

A couple of fun facts:

-The Canucks, the team with the 28th ranked power play unit in terms of efficiency, had 5 power play goals in their past 16 games heading into this one. Only on 3 different occasions had they scored twice with the man advantage in the same game. So yes, the fact that they scored twice on the PP in this one was kind of out of nowhere.

-As was the fact that they scored 3 times, but only because they'd managed to look so meek against even the Calgary Flames of the world. They'd managed to score more than twice just 2x in their past 21 games, making it seem like a feat of the utmost difficulty. Then again, the Islanders had given up 3 or more goals in 32 of their 65 games on the season, so if anyone was going to give up more than a couple to the Canucks, it'd be them. 

-Yannick Weber came into this game with 47:56 of power play time on the season. His 1:24/game was 12th on the team. Both of those figures seem awfully surprising given how futile the team's power play has been all year, but as we said, it's the '13-'14 Canucks, so you can throw your surprised look out of the window (which suddenly seems to be opening up again ever so slightly, by the way!)

Anyways, that fact was relevant because it was Weber's bomb from the point that eventually resulted in Higgins' 17 goal of the season. For those scoring at home individual goal leaders for the Canucks are: Kesler (22), Higgins (17), D.Sedin (13), Zack Kassian (11). Okay, then. 


Henrik Sedin is a man amongst boys, but you already knew that. He's pretty clearly nowhere near 100% these days, but he's the team's Captain, and he likely knows that were he to sit out the Canucks would almost assuredly be one of the worst handful of teams in the league. I'm sure he doesn't want that kind of embarrassment to be associated with his name, and it's likely the only reason he's still in the lineup.

Thank goodness that he is, because he showed that - even in his weakened state - he can still get it done. It was pretty much a solo effort that made the game 2-0 in favour of the Canucks. As you'll note: he basically passed the puck into the net. That fact alone makes this a special one for Henrik.


And finally, it was Ryan Kesler's power play tally that put the cherry on top of this game, making it 3-0 for the Canucks. Poor Alex Burrows. For what seems like the 1218212912102109th time this season, he was within inches of scoring his first goal of the season.. but once again, he couldn't pull the trigger and finish it off. 

I feel like I'm caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to him - on the one hand, he comes across as such a nice guy off of the ice, and it must be excruciating for him at this point. But the selfish blogger inside of me wants this to continue, so that when he breaks the record for most shots on goal to start a year without a goal by a forward, I can be there to write about it. 

Ah, screw the page views. I hope he gets one sooner rather than later. 


The Numbers

via Extra Skater:

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They speak for themselves. As you can tell, the Canucks really took it to the Islanders following their 2nd goal, stepping on their throats. Given everything they had on the line, there was clearly no way in hell they were going to risk getting into a defensive shell to protect the lead. Now that's how you close out a hockey game, folks!

The Conclusion


Two wins in a row, oh baby! We're going streaaaaaaking!

Thanks to this sudden and unexpected (albeit mini) winning streak, the Canucks now find themselves just 2 point out of a playoff spot, behind the Phoenix Coyotes and Dallas Stars. There is work yet to be done, but this is something they can build off of, and maybe even save John Tortorella's job in the process..

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Dimitri Filipovic writes about hockey on the internet, and is the Managing Editor of Canucks Army. You can follow him on Twitter @DimFilipovic, and email him at dimitri.filipovic@gmail.com.
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#1 Austin Wallace
March 10 2014, 11:30PM
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http://www.whitecapsfc.com/2014-tickets/2014seasontickets

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#2 That's Offside!
March 10 2014, 11:31PM
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Hockey games are only 40 minutes long, right?

Repressed memories, hoooo!

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#3 Salient89
March 10 2014, 11:32PM
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Awesome

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#4 JA
March 10 2014, 11:34PM
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Well done, sir.

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#5 NoNeedToBail
March 10 2014, 11:45PM
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Man, you forgot to mention Tanev's empty netter to seal the deal!

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#6 pheenster
March 10 2014, 11:49PM
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Masterful work.

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#7 pheenster
March 10 2014, 11:49PM
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Edit: stupid double post.

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#8 jfr
March 10 2014, 11:51PM
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Think Memphis wants a "hockey team"

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#9 argoleas
March 10 2014, 11:56PM
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Awesome. I actually stopped watching after 40 minutes because a 2 period lead is like impossible to blow, especially by this group of chumpions. Great to hear about the Tanev empty netter.

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#10 Cale
March 11 2014, 12:20AM
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Just what I needed

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#11 Bishai in the Benches
March 11 2014, 12:27AM
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LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL YOU CHEER FOR A REALLY BAD HOCKEY TEAM AND YOU SHOULD FEEL BAD.

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#12 Lemming
March 11 2014, 12:34AM
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Finally, putting in a full game worth of effort. Well done boys. I missed the 3rd period and Chris Tanev's EN, but those are never worth watching anyway, so I'll just skip watching the highlights.

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#13 Fire It Up
March 11 2014, 01:44AM
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7ack has now officially started.

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#14 slapschtick
March 11 2014, 03:09AM
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officially the worst team in the NHL being written up by the worst blogger on the Interweb. You two deserve one another! lmao! But hey, Lack is an NHL goalie assuredly, well as assuredly as you are a writer and not just a homer bandwagon jumper! ;) Or you could prove it to us all by providing us an article you wrote before the cup run...

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#15 Othello
March 11 2014, 03:24AM
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I don't get it? Did he watch the whole game? If this is a joke, you played it awfully straight man

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#16 flyfish1168
March 11 2014, 06:49AM
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Any team that has two of the dirtiest players bertuzzi and kassian ever to dress in their uniform deserves to be in last place.

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#17 PB
March 11 2014, 07:20AM
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At 3-0 and the start of the third and dead tired on east coast time I figured well what the hell, I'll just watch another couple of minutes. After all, no point in watching us playing actually good teams since we'll get creamed.

So having sunk progressively lower and lower beneath "rock bottom" I suppose we're in the territory of developing new words to express embarrassment and shame?

All the winning of the past years shouldn't fool the Aquilinis that the fan base will continue to support no matter what. This has the potential to get much worse before it gets better though at this point other than wasting my time (and I think I've gotta just give up watching the games) my hope isn't for tank for a draft pick it's tank to get rid of Gillis and Tortorella. Worst coach I've seen here since Laforge and a GM that has lost the plot in a very very big way.

Let's keep making fun of the Isles, Oilers, Flames, Sabres, and Florida. Because they are in such worse shape than us, right?

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#18 RGM
March 11 2014, 07:21AM
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Fantastic! Great recap.

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#19 JFR
March 11 2014, 07:26AM
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Province has a good post about who should coach the team on Weds. If ownership has any pride vs cash there will be a change.

FA was supposedly the one that wanted Torts which is always dangerous for an owner to do, but I hoped his intensity would rub off on the team. Seems his style of hockey has put this team in the dumper, what a year.

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#20 james_dean
March 11 2014, 08:18AM
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Not 1. Not 2 not 3 not 4.

Not 5. Not 6.

Suck it canucks

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#21 van
March 11 2014, 08:49AM
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So Hamhuis barely played after that save. Broken hand? If Henrik is injured as well, tanking is such an easy path to take. Bieksa-Edler top pairing, Burrows-Kesler-Higgins top line...

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#22 dougtheslug
March 11 2014, 08:57AM
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PB wrote:

At 3-0 and the start of the third and dead tired on east coast time I figured well what the hell, I'll just watch another couple of minutes. After all, no point in watching us playing actually good teams since we'll get creamed.

So having sunk progressively lower and lower beneath "rock bottom" I suppose we're in the territory of developing new words to express embarrassment and shame?

All the winning of the past years shouldn't fool the Aquilinis that the fan base will continue to support no matter what. This has the potential to get much worse before it gets better though at this point other than wasting my time (and I think I've gotta just give up watching the games) my hope isn't for tank for a draft pick it's tank to get rid of Gillis and Tortorella. Worst coach I've seen here since Laforge and a GM that has lost the plot in a very very big way.

Let's keep making fun of the Isles, Oilers, Flames, Sabres, and Florida. Because they are in such worse shape than us, right?

What? Ready to give up after after a half season of suck?

Come here to Edmonton. We'll show you a thing or two about endurance.

Eight years of bottom feeding and we're still selling out. Man, you guys are soft out on the coast.

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#23 Ruprecht
March 11 2014, 09:16AM
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Keep digging for rock bottom in this league and eventually you find Oil.

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#24 JoeB
March 11 2014, 09:21AM
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Ruprecht wrote:

Keep digging for rock bottom in this league and eventually you find Oil.

Honestly.. We are Canucks fans. We can't talk right now. We are very laughable.

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#25 Gored 1970
March 11 2014, 09:22AM
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The Canucks have a meddling owner who's only concern is to squeeze every $$ he can out of the fan base, an idiot for a GM who none of the other 29 GMs respect, a management group that sends letters to the season ticket holders because the product on the ice is so putrid they have to ask the fans to be patient, an incredibly stubborn coach who employs systems that don't match his players skill set and players who have tuned out the entire coaching staff. Hey, the Canucks are just like ... the Oilers, now how bad is that?

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#26 Tesujiboy
March 11 2014, 09:31AM
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The perfect response to a mind blowing game. The hiccup was the Cgy game. They needed to lose that one and choked. Big time. Back on track for a bottom 5 or 6 finish with last night's "effort".

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#27 Ruprecht
March 11 2014, 09:45AM
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JoeB wrote:

Honestly.. We are Canucks fans. We can't talk right now. We are very laughable.

Give me a break. Loosen up and have some fun. Has the last 10 years stopped Alberta fans from chipring? "We" are not laughable, you might be.

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#28 GeezMoney
March 11 2014, 10:02AM
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JoeB wrote:

Honestly.. We are Canucks fans. We can't talk right now. We are very laughable.

We can talk. Screw Alberta and their terrible hockey teams.

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#29 GeezMoney
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PB wrote:

At 3-0 and the start of the third and dead tired on east coast time I figured well what the hell, I'll just watch another couple of minutes. After all, no point in watching us playing actually good teams since we'll get creamed.

So having sunk progressively lower and lower beneath "rock bottom" I suppose we're in the territory of developing new words to express embarrassment and shame?

All the winning of the past years shouldn't fool the Aquilinis that the fan base will continue to support no matter what. This has the potential to get much worse before it gets better though at this point other than wasting my time (and I think I've gotta just give up watching the games) my hope isn't for tank for a draft pick it's tank to get rid of Gillis and Tortorella. Worst coach I've seen here since Laforge and a GM that has lost the plot in a very very big way.

Let's keep making fun of the Isles, Oilers, Flames, Sabres, and Florida. Because they are in such worse shape than us, right?

Whoa. I'm all for tossing both off the boat. BUT let's not start talking like we are in league with Florida or Edmonton -- both who have been at the bottom of the leaguie for a decade. That's reactionary.

This season is a waste. Let's all enjoy our spring with some golf, gardening, UFC fight watching or whatever. But let's get real with what this season is: a waste.

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#30 Ruprecht
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GeezMoney wrote:

Whoa. I'm all for tossing both off the boat. BUT let's not start talking like we are in league with Florida or Edmonton -- both who have been at the bottom of the leaguie for a decade. That's reactionary.

This season is a waste. Let's all enjoy our spring with some golf, gardening, UFC fight watching or whatever. But let's get real with what this season is: a waste.

It's spring, and for once I'm free from my Hockey vice early. I'm not sure about anybody else, but I missed the Calgary game for some killer springtime surf and the 2k hike to and from. Last night I listened to the game while cooking a huge dinner for my family. Nice weather in beautiful surroundings enjoying nature and people, or a tank show? I'll still follow but I'm no longer emotionally invested in this incarnation of the team. It's actually quite liberating, autopilot for the rest of the season. Somebody wake me when Gillis is fired.

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#31 Mantastic
March 11 2014, 10:55AM
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if you guys think this is the only season of watching your team suck, you're in for a surprise next season.

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#32 Marsh
March 11 2014, 10:56AM
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argoleas wrote:

Awesome. I actually stopped watching after 40 minutes because a 2 period lead is like impossible to blow, especially by this group of chumpions. Great to hear about the Tanev empty netter.

I'm beginning to like this Tororella guy. I hear he's won a Cup and he was pretty good with the Rangers, I hear. He seems really passionate and that's got to rub off on the players. Beating the Islanders 4-0 is good, at least for self respect. Maybe things will go well from now on and the owners will make lots of money and thus spend a bit for that third line winger the Canucks need.

Good job on the blog.

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#33 NM00
March 11 2014, 10:58AM
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On the bright side, the Canucks now have a goalie tandem that has the potential to serve the needs of the franchise better than Schneider or Lou ever could have: winning the McDavid lottery.

#tanknation

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#34 NM00
March 11 2014, 11:00AM
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@Mantastic

I think most delusional Canuck fans have come around to the fact that, barring some unforseen good fortune, we're in for a few years of pain.

At minimum.

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#35 NM00
March 11 2014, 11:05AM
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@PB

A top 5-8 pick this year & winning the McDavid draft would go a long way to a speedy rebuild.

Add that to the foundation of Hodgson & Nichushkin and the Canucks could be a contender again in no time...

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#36 Brent
March 11 2014, 11:38AM
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Nice post! Still wish I had not turned it on for the third period.

So any appetite for another Canucks Army evening at a pub?

Or are you worried that:

A. There will be a mass suicide when we lose yet again? Similar to the Judean People's Front from Life of Brian.

B. Someone will go postal and remove a large proportion of Canucks Bloggers in one fell swoop?

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#37 Nat
March 11 2014, 11:55AM
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Finally, a win!

I had to go out and run some errands during the 3rd period. I assume I didn't miss anything. There's no way they could lose after a stellar two periods of cour...OHGODOHGODOHGODOHGODOHGODOHGODOHGOD

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#39 GeezMoney
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Ruprecht wrote:

It's spring, and for once I'm free from my Hockey vice early. I'm not sure about anybody else, but I missed the Calgary game for some killer springtime surf and the 2k hike to and from. Last night I listened to the game while cooking a huge dinner for my family. Nice weather in beautiful surroundings enjoying nature and people, or a tank show? I'll still follow but I'm no longer emotionally invested in this incarnation of the team. It's actually quite liberating, autopilot for the rest of the season. Somebody wake me when Gillis is fired.

Agreed. Total freedom. I've said this before, but your comment re-highlights this: B.C. is not like the rest of Canada when it comes to hockey.

Yes, we are passionate fans. But no, we don't blindly spend our money on junk because it is wrapped in shiny NHL paper. The Canucks start tanking this team will once again be at risk of moving. That's the peril of the Northwest (from the north of Cali to B.C.). Way too many diversions, people with other expenses that demands their attention AND a refined taste. This isn't Calgary folks.

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#40 PB
March 11 2014, 01:21PM
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@dougtheslug

I've endured enough, having become a fan in the 80s. I've lived through the Libor Polaseks and Andy Schliebeners and all the crappy goalies and horrific mismanagement. I really don't need to do it again.

Listen I'll accept that the Canucks weren't going to be a powerhouse forever, I get the cyclical nature of sports. But the horrific way in which the wheels fell off here isn't that predictable and it has clear culprits.

Thank god I only started watching House of Cards a week ago. A much better distraction than Canucks games at this point. At least all the scheming and plotting seems to have a purpose...

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#41 PB
March 11 2014, 01:23PM
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@NM00

Even if we had Hodgson and Nichushkin it wouldn't solve this mess. And unless we get Captain Hazelwood and his minions off the helm even landing Ekblad or Reinhart won't help either.

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#42 andyg
March 11 2014, 07:10PM
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NM00 wrote:

A top 5-8 pick this year & winning the McDavid draft would go a long way to a speedy rebuild.

Add that to the foundation of Hodgson & Nichushkin and the Canucks could be a contender again in no time...

I tried to tell you not to covet other peoples toys.

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#43 andyg
March 11 2014, 07:12PM
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PB wrote:

I've endured enough, having become a fan in the 80s. I've lived through the Libor Polaseks and Andy Schliebeners and all the crappy goalies and horrific mismanagement. I really don't need to do it again.

Listen I'll accept that the Canucks weren't going to be a powerhouse forever, I get the cyclical nature of sports. But the horrific way in which the wheels fell off here isn't that predictable and it has clear culprits.

Thank god I only started watching House of Cards a week ago. A much better distraction than Canucks games at this point. At least all the scheming and plotting seems to have a purpose...

You will be sitting in your chair and watching the draft and you know it.

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#44 Ruprecht
March 11 2014, 10:43PM
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Mantastic wrote:

if you guys think this is the only season of watching your team suck, you're in for a surprise next season.

A little early for full trolltard. They haven't even handed the cup out yet.

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#45 slapschtick
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Dimitri you little puss... do you think banning an IP address excuses you from owning up to your hack job of... well, your job? Your actions now prove to all readers that you mailed this article in, and that any criticism of your lacking skills will result in an IP ban across all Nation networks. You are a coward and a joke of a writer... in fact, that's giving you too much credit... you're a joke of a blogger. Now stop pulling a Putin you Ruski, and be accountable for your actions. This isn't the Crimean Peninsula, and you lord over nothing!

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#46 slapschtick
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no accountability of course... effing Putin of the nation! Thanks for mailing one in last night, and doing absolutely no work today... yeah, you're deserving of your position... you're a hack and a joke. Do us all a favour and quit...

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